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A number of Bundesliga clubs and Middle East teams have joined chase for Joleon Lescott, according to Sky sources.

Lescott found himself as fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic at Manchester City last season, meaning his game time was limited, featuring just 10 times in the Premier League. A January loan move was rumoured but never occurred, putting an end to any chance of the defender making England's World Cup squad, and both the club and the player allowed his contract to run down, meaning he is now a free agent. At 31 years old Lescott still had a lot to offer and could be a fine free transfer for a non-top four team. Aston Villa, West Ham, and former club Everton have all been linked, as well as Turkish side Besiktas, German outfit Schalke and Al Ain in the UAE.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 06:38:00 AM

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has completed a permanent transfer to French side Lyon.

The Burkina Faso international joins Lyon on a five-year contract for a fee of €10 million, with the deal including a 15 per cent sell on clause for Chelsea should the Ligue 1 outfit decide to sell the striker in the future. The 21-year-old joined Chelsea in January 2014 and spent the first 18 months of his Blues career on loan at Vitesse, scoring 17 goals in 48 Eredivisie appearances. Traore returned to Stamford Bridge for the 2015-16 season and made 16 starts, scoring four goals, under Jose Mourinho and caretaker manager Guus Hiddink. But the arrival of Michy Batshuayi saw Traore sent out on loan to Ajax last season, where he turned heads with 13 goals in 39 appearances and shined on the club's run to the Europa League final. Traore becomes the third Chelsea player to leave this summer following the sale of Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) and Christian Atsu (Newcastle).
Jun 26 - 4:13 PM

After seeing their first approach turned down, Huddersfield Town are said to be preparing a second bid for Derby winger Tom Ince.

Huddersfield began their summer with the signing of Belgian striker Laurent Depoitre from FC Porto last week and now face a decide on whether or not step up efforts to add Ince—the son of former England captain Paul Ince. Town saw a £7.2 million bid for 25-year-old rejected by Derby earlier this month, according to Sky Sports, but reports suggest the Premier League newcomers are contemplating matching the £10 million asking price for attacking wideman. Though a deal would see the Terriers break their transfer record for the second time this window following the arrival of Depoitre (£3.5m), it would be a huge capture for David Wagner's side. Ince was Derby's leading scorer and provider last season with 15 goals and eight assists in 50 Championship appearances.
Source: HITC
Jun 26 - 6:44 PM

New Manchester City signing Bernardo Silva has moved quickly to allay fears that he suffered a serious injury during Portugal’s 4-0 win over New Zealand.

Selecção das Quinas cruised into the Confederations Cup semi-final on Saturday but the victory was marred slightly after Silva was forced off at half-time as a precautionary measure. The midfielder landed awkwardly after tapping in his sides second goal of the game, and Fernando Santos was taking no chances, having already secured their place in the knockout phase of the competition. Silva himself later tweeted: "Thanks a lot for all your support messages. Everything is fine with my ankle." Initial reports suggest a mild sprain meaning the 22-year-old should be available to face Chile on Wednesday. Southampton full-back Cedric Soares could also return after he was rested last weekend, but Raphael Guerreiro [ankle] remains a major doubt.
Source: PPP Focus
Jun 26 - 6:06 AM

AFC Bournemouth are leading the chase to sign Chelsea defender Nathan Ake.

Ake spent the first half of 2016-17 on loan, and after a slow start to his spell on the south coast, the 22-year-old flourished under Eddie Howe and it was those performances which prompted Antonio Conte to recall the youngster in January. However, his return to Stamford Bridge didn’t pan out as he had originally hoped, and once again opportunities to feature for the first-team were limited - Ake made just one league start [playing 98 minutes] during the remainder of the campaign. But, it now looks like Bournemouth could be back for a second bite of the cherry, only this time on a permanent basis, for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million. If Ake does sign then he will join former teammate Asmir Begovic who arrived at the club last month.
Source: The Metro
Jun 26 - 6:22 AM

Crystal Palace are expected to unveil their new manager during a press conference set for 2pm BST on Monday after agreeing a deal over the weekend.

It is understood that Frank de Boer, 47, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Italian side Inter Milan 8 months ago, is set to take charge of the Eagles. De Boer is the only manager in Eredivisie history to win four consecutive titles, doing so in his first four seasons at Ajax, before he stepped down after narrowly missing out on his fifth to PSV Eindhoven. His brother Ronald explained Frank's enthusiasm for the new challenge ahead: "He is very excited, of course. It's the biggest league – everybody knows it, everybody's watching the Premier League. You can do really something if you have the chance, because there is money involved and you can buy players. It's an interesting league to see what you're capable of as a manager."
Source: The Mirror
Jun 26 - 6:57 AM

Emre Can is expected to miss the final group game of the 2017 Confederations Cup tomorrow after picking up an injury in training.

The Liverpool midfielder has featured in both matches of the tournament so far, but Joachim Low must wait until Can is fully assessed before making a decision on his involvement on Sunday. "During training, Emre Can has sustained a minor injury," he told reporters. "He bent over on the pitch. His boot got stuck in the grass. We will have to see how he feels because he had to break off training." Germany are gunning for top spot in Group B - they currently sit in second place on goal difference - but Low did confirm he would make "three or four changes" for the clash with Cameroon. First place would see Germany face off against Mexico in the semi-finals, while finishing runners-up will mean the World Cup winners take on Portugal, the European Champions.
Jun 24 - 1:45 PM

Michail Antonio says his recovery from hamstring surgery in April is "going well" and he is on schedule to be ready for the start of the new season.

The West Ham winger is currently enjoying some time away from football after marrying his long-term partner. "Thankfully the injury didn’t put the wedding in doubt," he told Sportsmail. "I’ll be honest, I was close to having to walk up the aisle on crutches." Antonio did take his physio to the stag doo in Las Vegas "but thankfully" he didn’t need to take him on the honeymoon! The 27-year-old was one of several West Ham players to go under the knife last term with a view to being ready for the start of the new campaign. Cheikhou Kouyate [wrist], Mark Noble [hernia], Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid [both knee] and Pedro Obiang [ankle] are all expected to rejoin the squad when they reconvene for pre-season in July.
Source: Mail Online
Jun 24 - 2:03 PM

After reportedly rejecting an £11 million bid from Napoli two days ago, Liverpool are said to be considering an offer from Swansea City for Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno.

The 24-year-old was named in the starting XI at Arsenal on the opening weekend of 2016/17, playing 90 minutes in 4-3 victory, but after his nightmare at the Emirates, Moreno had to wait until October for his one and only other Premier League start. He was canned for his performance which prompted pundit Gary Neville to describe Moreno as "absolute garbage" while former Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was similarly unimpressed adding "he’s having a stinker!" James Milner demonstrated his versatility starting the other 36 matches, scoring seven goals and providing three assists. The bid from Swansea is believed to be in the region of £13 million, although Liverpool want nearer £15 million for the player who is surplus to requirements at Anfield.
Source: The Express
Jun 24 - 2:33 PM

Southampton have announced that Mauricio Pellegrino has been appointed as their new manager.

Pellegrino, 45, replaces Claude Puel in the post after he was sacked earlier this month after just one season in charge. Pellegrino, a native of Argentina, had been jobless since he resigned as manager of La Liga side Alaves following their Spanish Cup Final defeat to Barcelona in May. Along with their cup run, Pellegrino also led the newly-promoted team to a ninth place finish in La Liga. "My philosophy and the culture of the club will work well," said Pellegrino, who has signed a three year contract. "I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100% and supports each other... I am excited and passionate about what the future holds." Southampton Vice Chairman Les Reed explained that Pellegrino was chosen as [Pellegrino] impressed [them] with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way."
Jun 23 - 9:48 PM

Manchester United striker and captain Wayne Rooney has been told he can leave the club this summer, but he is struggling to find a potential destination.

Rooney has been at Old Trafford for 13 years since arriving as a young man from Everton but he has been informed that he can leave the club this transfer window if he wishes even though he has a year to run on his current contract. There has been a lack of genuine interest from potential suitors for Rooney, who is reluctant to go to China or the Middle East with his family. Presumed interest from MLS sides has not materialised, while Rooney's boyhood club Everton have recoiled early interest as the club's upper echelons has signalled their disapproval of such an expensive deal for the declining player. The Red Devils are holding out for a trasnfer fee for Rooney's services and are not keen on a loan deal where they are forced to contribute to Rooney's £300,000 per week salary. The future is in Wayne's hands, stay at United and earn good money, or take a pay cut to fight for regular first team minutes elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 10:15 PM

Ronald Koeman is said to keen on adding Burnley striker Andre Gray to the Everton ranks as they plan for life without Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.

Gray features high on Koeman’s wish list while Oumar Niasse could be used as a make weight in any deal with the Clarets keen on bringing the 27-year-old to Turf Moor following his successful six-month loan spell at relegated club Hull City [4-goals + one assist from 12 Premier League starts]. Niasse was signed by Roberto Martinez towards the end of his reign, arriving at Everton in a deal worth around £13.5 million, but one 45-minute run out was all that it took for Koeman to decide the Senegalese striker did not have a future at the club. He was stripped of his shirt number and ordered to train with the Under-23s. However, a move to the KCOM in January provided Niasse with the perfect platform to prove the doubters wrong, and his performances for the Tigers went someway to justifying his hefty price tag while proving he can deliver in the top-flight.
Jun 23 - 4:00 PM





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